Monday, February 7, 2011


There was a lot of discussion about the budget tonight and how to make it balance.  In fact there were two resolutions with opposite opinions on how to accomplish this feat.

R-11-05 Resolution to Not use EDIT Funds for Anticipated 2011 Budget Shortfalls. CM Benedetti talked with someone in the office of the DGLF who said they would send down a budget whether or not there was a deficit in the General Fund.

A-11-02 Ordinance For the Appropriation of EDIT Funds CM Ceasar wrote an Ordinance which was the total opposite of CM Benedetti's. 

Both failed.  It was that kind of night.  However CM Gahan called for a work session for the 2011 budget process to begin.

There were a couple of positive steps, though:
  1. We will have metal detectors in the City-County Bldg. with guards on duty.
  2. There will be a Board set up to determine how to combine our city and county 911 systems.
  3. CM Gonder will replace CM Price (with his permission) to the Historic Preservation Committee. Also the Mayor will send letters to all residents in historic districts to advise them that they live in an historic district.
Yes, there were several things accomplished but the meeting was still too long, 7:30 to 10:00.  The members are going to have to manage their time a little better.